Why go to church?

By , July 18, 2019

“…till I entered the sanctuary of God;
Then I understood their final destiny.”
Psalm 73:17 (NIV)

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The person who wrote our verse for today had a major problem. Apparently, he had been a faithful follower of the Lord. He had embraced the salvation God offered and walked in an obedient manner before the Lord. However, those who flaunted God’s laws and were actively evil seemed to prosper, while he lived in poverty and possibly poor health.

Something was very wrong with this picture and he struggled with his faith. What was the use of serving God if all you get is trouble and sorrow? Why did God allow the wicked to be so happy and rich when he struggled to survive? These questions haunted him as he examined the lavish lifestyle of wicked people.

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Our Best Love

By , July 17, 2019

“Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
Psalm 73:25 (NIV)

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A few years ago I did the wedding of a lovely young couple. It seemed very obvious to me that they had eyes only for each other. They composed their own vows—which I really appreciate. They made beautiful pledges to be faithful regardless of life’s alternatives. They promised to remain in the marriage until death parted them.

Love is indeed a marvellous thing and its various expressions warm the hearts of most, if not all people. We enjoy seeing a couple in love regardless if they are 18 or 80. Do not all of us desire to be loved and to be the special love of one person in particular?

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The Amazing Love of Jesus

By , July 16, 2019

“And Jesus said to [Judas] “Friend”
Matthew 26:50

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Some people who are badly beaten up by life wonder why they seek to serve God. “After all how can He love me and I still get into a mess like this?” It is easy to get discouraged when we seek to do good and all that we receive in return is evil. How can we think of ourselves as beloved by the Lord when He is so distant from us in our needy moments?

If you are someone who has sought to serve the Lord in life and you have the notion that you are not loved by God take heart. You need a view of how extensive the love of Jesus is in order to be affirmed in your faith.

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What is prayer?

By , July 15, 2019

“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:7 (KJV)

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Lots of definitions have been given to the activity of prayer. Some people see it as only a time of making requests to God for favours. Others, wiser in my estimation see it as much more.

Prayer, as recorded in Scripture, is a rich mosaic of things that come together in a harmonious blend of thanksgiving, worship, confession and request.

Prayer at its most basic level may be defined as communication with our Creator.

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Does prayer matter?

By , July 14, 2019

“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)

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All of us have offered prayers to God that seem to have been lost in the shuffle. We ask and nothing happens.

A person who is suffering asks for relief from the burden and it remains. A person out of work prays for a job and is still unemployed.

So the question comes to us, “Does prayer matter?”

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